Salvation Army uses change to change lives

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by Scott Evans

NWCN.com

Posted on December 7, 2012 at 9:48 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 2:36 PM

BOISE – There are many organizations that help those in need, and The Salvation Army is one of those organizations. It has also been a long-standing partner with KTVB for Community Cares Day.

It is one of four organizations that are a part of Cares Day that help those in need, and it relies upon many people to make that happen.

For 31 days leading up to Christmas, you will no doubt see the red Salvation Army kettles as you are out shopping.

Darvin and Donece Pedersen coordinate all those kettles.  Long before the holiday season they're out talking to businesses to see if they can put them at the store’s entrance.

"We just like doing it I'm retired, gives me something to do," said Darvin Pedersen. "People donate it, put the money in the kettles, we get lots of change, and you know change adds up.,"

Every year the change we drop into the kettle totals somewhere between $250,000 and $300,000, and that is just in Ada County. That's roughly 10 percent of their annual budget.

"You put change in and change comes out. Change lives, change community," said Major John Stennett, the commanding officer for the Salvation Army. "There are so many different aspects to the kind of work that we do, that there's just no way that any one person or any small group of people could do it."

Anytime someone drops off clothes or donates money to the Salvation Army, they are helping their mission.

"Anything we can do to keep families from becoming homeless, which includes giving them food, utilities assistance, sometimes we place them in apartments, and we help support them while they're getting back on their feet," said Stennett.

Steve and Marsha Smylie believe in that mission and have for a long time.

"My parents volunteered and I came along with mom, and over the years we've been involved in many of the activities that they Army has done," said Steve Smylie.

For the Smylie's donating time and money is a no brainer.

"We've just made it a habit to just give a little bit each month, and to make that just part of our budget," said Smylie.

You see, it's the hundreds, if not thousands of people just like the Smylie's and the Pedersen's who have made it a point to give, who answered the ringing of a bell to help those in need.

"It's the old adage, 'We're all in this game together.' When we realize that and understand that, it makes the world work," said Smylie.

The fifth annual Cares Day will take place December 8, 2012 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

KTVB will broadcast live and accept donations at the Idaho Center in Nampa, KTVB Studio in Boise, and Fred Meyer stores in Twin Falls and Eagle.

All donations will be split among the Idaho Foodbank, Salvation Army of Ada County, Nampa, Caldwell, and Twin Falls, Jubilee House, Boise Rescue Mission, Lighthouse Rescue Mission, and City Light Home for Women and Children.

We will be accepting non-perishable food items and cash donations to help Idaho families in need.

If you cannot make it to the event but would like to help, you can make a secure $10 donation by texting 7CARES to 50555 from your mobile phone, click here to choose an amount to give online, tap on Cares Day in any of KTVB apps, or go to our Facebook page.

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